The Goaso District Office of the Forestry Services Division (FSD), of the Forestry Commission has impounded about three thousand chain saws used by illegal operators to fell trees within forest reserves in the district over the past one year.
It also impounded 18 motorbikes. 23 persons, who were arrested by a special task force, have either been jailed or fined by the court for indulging in nefarious activities within forest reserves in the area.
The District Manager of the FSD, Courage Quashigah, made this known when he briefed a team from the Forestry Commission which visited various forest reserves to inspect re-afforestation projects being implemented by beneficiaries of the Youth in Agriculture and Afforestation Module under the Youth Employment Agency (YEA).
The team, led by the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, was in the Brong-Ahafo Region to inspect ongoing afforestation projects being implemented in the Bechem, Goaso and Kintampo districts of the FSD by YEA beneficiaries.
Mr Quashigah said due to the impact of the ‘Operation halt illegal chain saw operation’ launched about a year ago, people are now afraid to enter the forest reserves to illegally harvest trees.
Mr Quashigah said the Commission will continue to fight to preserve forest reserves in the region for the sake of both current and future generations.